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  1. Exhilarating doses of style, imagination, and sheer energy.
  2. Blends a love of semi-trashy pop entertainment with a love of poetry, art and high moral seriousness. It's a young person's movie (Godard was 34 and Karina 24 in 1964) that retains its mysterious pull even as the film and we get older.
  3. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    This remains one of Godard's most appealing and underrated films, relatively relaxed and strangely optimistic.
  4. 90
    Easily the most brilliant of the genuflections bestowed on the American gangster movie by the French New Wave.
  5. 80
    Along with Raoul Coutard's radiant cinematography, what makes the film extraordinary is Karina, the pure curves of her face a contradiction to the marionette angularity of her body.
  6. 80
    Band of Outsiders is about the tyranny of living a life of movie-fed fantasies, and while it makes us see the poverty of those fantasies, it also makes them unaccountably rich, poetic, sad.
  7. The strangely mesmerizing dance contest in "Pulp Fiction" was born of Jean-Luc Godard's 1964 New Wave classic Band of Outsiders.

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Score distribution:
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. StewartC.
    Apr 7, 2006
    This film should be coupled with Breathless when spending a night with cinema. Godard pays homage to Hollywood as he weaves and manipulates his narrative (You must watch with a discerning eye and have more than a passing flirtation with cinema in order to understand his work and to what he was reacting against.) . The camera, as in Breathless, is his brush, and the screen's image is his canvas. Expand
  2. StephanieK.
    Aug 26, 2005
    I did not see the charm of this movie. It was psychologically inane. None of the characters had any appeal. There was an inordinate amount of scenes where the characters were simply running around, either on foot or in a car. I found it boring. Perhaps the charm has to do with how it was filmed, but for me, it did not redeem it. Expand

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